Choices have to be made, and some of them can affect the rest of your life forever, Odysseus from The Odyssey shows us this by going on a perilous quest to get back home from the Trojan War with all of his men. He ends up at home with all of his crewmates dead, he had to make decisions for his crew, which may not have been the right decisions, but in the heat of the moment, there was only one clear choice for him. You go through tough things every day, which might not be life threatening, but they affect the rest of your life. You have to have the courage to get through every day and all the hard choices. You have to learn how your actions will influence you throughout the rest of your life.
Later in his interaction with Polyphemus, Odysseus again displays his characteristic cleverness by using the few materials available to him and fashioning a stake with which he and a few of his men would “lift that stake and grind it in his eye / While he was asleep” (Odyssey.328-329). Despite the lack of options he had, Odysseus still came up with a clever plan that he performed perfectly. He even elaborated upon the scheme during the execution of it, despite the fact that the adrenaline must have been running high and there wasn’t time to stop and think: he said, “Noman is my name. They call me Noman” (Odyssey.9.364), instead of giving his real name, with which Polyphemus could invoke the name of the gods and curse him with, or call for help from the neighboring Cyclopes. The final time Odysseus displays his cleverness during his interaction with Polyphemus is when he escaped with his men by “hanging on for dear life” (Odyssey.9.433) to the underside of Polyphemus’ sheep.
But in spite of this, there differences it still helps them get back home. They are similar because both of them had many trials to get back home. They are different because Nemo was very persistent in getting home, in which Odysseus stays in different places for quite some time and then moving on. They
Being Determined The Odyssey, by Homer, is an epic poem that is about a hero's journey to come home. In The Odyssey, Odysseus has many obstacles he has to face to find his way home, like Polyphemus the cyclops or Scylla and Charybdis. He finally makes it home and has to prove to his wife that he is truly Odysseus. Throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus has important traits that help him survive resulting in his successful trip back home.
The reason the games were thrown were to show Odysseus how great the Phaeacians were at everything and when this didn’t work, they were humiliated and forced to try and dazzle and astonish Odysseus with their dancers as a last resort (Homer 94). The Phaeacians should not have been so quick to judge so they wouldn’t have been embarrassed after being beat by an old, broken-down man at their beloved games. It is ironic how the color blue-which is one of two colors in this picture-symbolizes wisdom and strength, the two things that Alcinous and his men lack in this book. Also, the fact that this is a statue symbolizes how these games will remain in the Phaeacians memory for a long time, the same way a stone statue remains in the same
Odysseus’ need to be glorious in such a dangerous encounter demonstrates his engrossment in kleos, while he risks the safety of both him and his men. Odysseus “commands [his] men” very often, as they follow his instruction and are subconsciously being sacrificed for Odysseus’ own prestige. Odysseus is considered a hero, abounding with bravery and glory from the Trojan War. Odysseus still remains unsatisfied, keeping determined and set on achieving the greek ideal of kleos and being regarded as illustrious. Odysseus uses his men to fulfill his wants and doesn’t regard them at all.
Once again, readers how witful he is. Moreover, Ulysses devises the plan to make the Cyclops drunk. He does this by making the giant think he is begging for mercy by giving him wine. However, when the Cyclops finally falls into a drunken sleep, Ulysses and his men blind it. This proves the protagonists wit because, in the story, the Cyclops barred Ulysses and his men in a cave with a giant boulder, therefore, had the men killed him, they would have never left the cave.
Being a leader is difficult, but Odysseus has shown great leadership skills. He is not just only leading his crew for ten years while being stranded on the island. He also uses his clever ideas to hide and escape from the Cyclops. When Odysseus and his men are trapped inside the Cyclops’ cave, he “slung a man under each middle [sheep] to ride there safely.” (Homer 9.
Secondly, Odysseus in all his journeys, in my opinion has been larger than life. Surviving way too many times, has faced way to many difficulties, and he is still intact. An idiosyncratic part of Odysseus’ image is bravery, but he shouldn’t use it as a panacea all the time. He shows strong leadership and more nobility throughout the story than most men. An example of that is when he lead them through book 9 when he got his men out of the cave and got out of the island I would like to add that he which meant he still made sure his men are secure resulting in him looking very responsible and is really a true leader.
He couldn’t avoid any of the obstacles because they were going to be in his way. Many argue that it’s not Odysseus fault that he had temptations and that he was seduced. That is not true. He brought most things on himself because he was cunning, a good liar, and he had quick thinking. When he stabbed Polyphemus, he brought Poseidon’s hatred on himself because he could have just left without stabbing the Cyclops in the eye.
Odysseus’ relationship with Circe keeps him from returning home because he stays there for a year. Odysseus says “So she enticed and won our battle-hardened spirits over.” (245:10: 513-514) While Odysseus is there, he is so enamored with Circe that he forgets about the home he loves so much, and the son and wife who he had left behind. Similar to the situation with Calypso, Odysseus is lured to spend time with Circe even though he focused on returning home otherwise. This shows that Odysseus may be a lot more fake than he lets on because for all his talk of wanted to return home he spent a year on Circe’s island not making an effort to return to his homeland.
So when they were gone Penelope had to take care of things when they were gone. Now days family’s still cheat on each other and aren’t always loyal to one another. Often when a family have children and they graduate from school and go off to college, they go away and make a life on their own. Now if people were to go on vacation away from home and wanted to contact their family’s to see how they were doing all they would need to do is call them on the phone or maybe facetime them.
Intelligence, loyalty, and fearless are only a few traits to describe Odysseus. In the Odyssey he proved to be extremely intelligent. The first time Odysseus showed his intelligence was when he told Polyphemus the cyclops that his name was “nobody.” He did this so when the cyclops ran away he would yell “nobody blinded me” rather than stating his name. He also shows his intelligence by the way he and his crew escaped the cyclops’ cave.
Throughout the story, Odysseus demonstrates his courage that ultimately allows him to survive. One of these moments was during his journey back to Ithaca, where he faces a race of man eating giants called the Cyclops. Odysseus originally stops his ship there to relish a feast while on his journey back to Ithaca, but while doing so, out of curiosity explores the island. Soon, he finds a deserted house and decides to wait of the owner. The owner was unknowingly one the Cyclops, named Polyphemus.
A hero is defined as a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. When looking at the epic poem The Odyssey, written by Homer, Odysseus ,the protagonist in the poem shows outstanding achievements, courage and bravery . Odysseus travels through the 12 steps of heroism physically but still has self involved motives and does things for the glory of himself. Odysseus has embodied the definition of heroism through his actions and courage but not through his rationale.